SAVE THEM FROM FAMINE!

As the world focuses it’s attention on the many political controversies of our time, we are forgetting the millions of beautiful lives which are disappearing from the surface of our planet as we know it. Despite decades of progressiveness, the world currently faces the ‘worst humanitarian crisis since 1945’, according to the UN, with billions required to combat the famine somalia faminedeclared in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, with countries like Yemen on the brink of it. Many of these developing nations are also, unsurprisingly  war stricken nations which is serving as a major stumbling block to the lives, let alone health of over twenty million facing famine, and therefore imminent death.

There seems to be the resources to fund destructive proxy wars worldwide, redundant defensive systems and to silently prop up those that clearly violate basic principles of human rights, but not enough to ensure that our fellow brothers and sisters in humanity can at least have emergency aid? Many non governmental organisations are doing this, but they can only have so much influence on the situation as a whole. Those responsible for giving a free pass to conflict in Yemen for example must put their self-interest behind and save the innocent civilians stuck in the midst of it. It is civilians that always pay the price.

War, poverty, lack of access to industralisation, and climate change (yes, President Trump) are creating a never-ending cycle of starvation and eventual famine. Let us be their voice and demand the allocation of the world resources. Continue to donate what you can. An incredible campaign is the LOVE ARMY FOR SOMALIA: https://www.gofundme.com/LOVEARMYFORSOMALIA, who have amazingly convinced Turkish Airlines to use their flights for tonnes of lifesaving aid to Somalia. So beautiful!

Bushra

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EID MUBARAK 2016!!

It’s been agees since I last posted so I thought I’d return with a post wishing all Muslims Rüyada-Kuranı-Kerim-Görmek-1across the globe a very HAPPY AND GLORIOUS EID! The holy month of Ramadan is over, in which so many Muslims grasped the opportunity to spiritually reflect on themselves, as well as become conscious of the little things we do in daily life. While the month appears to have flown past for many, it’s important to remember that it’s not been the case for those living in war struck and poverty ridden countries. The month there has also been a struggle. Thankfully, this year so many people strived to make extra donations to aid their breaking of the fast. The month has also seen many recent terror attacks, such as the ones in Turkey, Iraq, Bangladesh, and even Medina, at the heart of the Prophet Muhammad’s home, which is something totally unprecedented in a month where empathy, tolerance and sanctuary is expected and rewarded. And so my heart goes out especially to those people suffering everywhere, whether it be due to poverty, war,or having lost a loved one. May God make your experience full of ease ❤

 

EID MUBARAK! x

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UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL GOALS CAMPAIGN #SHARE

Our world.

1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat.

Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. That’s more than some can spend on things they want, let alone things they need.

Over 130 million woman worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation.

1 in 3 girls in the developing world are married by their 18th birthday. This reduces their chances of completing their education and being able to earn their own income, as well as increasing their chance of experiencing domestic violence, something that affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime

An estimated 1.2m children are trafficked into slavery each year; 80 percent are girls.

40% of Africans over the age of 15, and 50% of women above the age of 25 are illiterate. Woman and far less likely than men in underdeveloped countries to be encouraged into further education.

Today, 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases.

It is estimated that approximately 450 million people worldwide have a mental health problem, which in many countries can be stigmatized, leaving them prone to facing inequality in the workplace, and not receiving the appropriate treatment and support they require.

Basic infrastructure like roads, information and communication technologies, sanitation, electrical power and water remains scarce in many developing countries

  • About 2.6 billion people in the developing world are facing difficulties in accessing electricity full time.

There were 19.5 million refugees worldwide at the end of 2014 and 51% of refugees were under 18 years old – the highest figure for child refugees in more than a decade.

Currently, there are countless ongoing armed conflicts, especially in Africa and the Midd775x775-global-goals.jpg__775x775_q85_crop_subsampling-2_upscalele East, 5 of which have killed more than 10,000 people (mainly civilians) in the past year.

The wealth of the 1% richest people in the world amounts to $110 trillion—15x more than the wealth held by the bottom 70 percent.

These statistics shockingly are an understatement as to just how much peace and equality has been unsettled in the past decades. Though, it can be argued that it never really was fully there. Global Goals is the latest UN campaign to restore the peaceful world we’ve never seen in our lifetime and for sustainable developments in vital areas such as infrastructure, poverty, equality and education. The Global Goals broadly cover the problems in this world that must be tackled. Supporting the campaign is for once not about being just a feminist or just an activist, or being affiliated with a certain cast or creed. It’s
about being a human. #TheWorldsLargestLesson focuses on promoting and making these goals heard and known in over 100 countries, through lessons and radio. You would be surprised as to how many people don’t know the universally recognised Human Rights Act. These daunting statistics show that it is more important than ever to push for change. This is our world, and we all are citizens of it, regardless of borders. People are not statistics, and those suffering are just as important as those who aren’t.

Share these goals in your language and make peace and prosperity something we can forsee in a lifetime, not just dream. It’s about time the world was what they preach.

GLOBAL GOALS WEBSITE: http://www.globalgoals.org/

UN WEBSITE: http://www.un.org/en/index.html

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Peace,

Bushra 😀

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SAY NO TO FORCED MARRIAGES!

Marriage, supposedly one of the most happiest times of someones life. A breadth of a new chapter. A new beginning. Though, as we sit quite comfortably with masses of opportunity at our feet and education as we will and dictate, there are 15 million child brides yearly. Almost always, they are forced into marriages which not only robs them of their childhood, but deprives them of their human right of consent.

The majority of forced/child marriages are prevalent across Africa and South Asia and often as a result of the gender ForcedMarriageequality gap common in these cultures which means woman can be seen as more of a burden and more open to sexual harassment for example, and therefore married off early and against her will to prevent anything which can bring ‘shame’ or ruin the ‘honour’ of the family. This deprives them of their chance of education and basically puts them in a dangerous cycle whereby their children (often had early, despite their bodies not being sexually mature) can be put in the same situation – socially unstable, as well as deprived of an education which can put them into poverty. This cycle of being married off young means woman cannot complete or even have an education at all, and therefore fail to find a job which allows them to be economically stable. Far too often, the situation is that due to the marriage being unwanted in most cases, it can end in a few years following issues such as domestic violence, and general differences which makes the marriage incompatible in the first place, and in cases where they are married off to cousins/someone abroad, after gaining citizenship there is an immediate divorce, and the woman usually has to take the blame for it – is there any more of an evil way to dehumanize her and who she is?

I recently watched a documentary regarding British children born to immigrant parents and there have been hundreds and hundreds of girls in the past years who will be tricked and taken abroad to be forced to marry a man of their choice – often to a much older person or a cousin – despite only just hitting the legal age of marriage for the UK. This is typically done for the same reasons as child/teenage marriage, though often these British born woman (or woman of any nationality) are seen as commodities in that moment, and stripped of their right to say no and often threatened and bullied psychologically into accepting. Their passports here are all that is valued usually and again, the marriages typically don’t last often and are more like a easy pathway for the man to become a citizen of the country the girl is resident to. This makes me sick, as it completely devalues the girl as a individual whose citizenship is merely valued – not her. Marriages like this may be to benefit the family economically and socially, again devaluing her and silencing who she wishes to become. This is not to be confused with arranged marriages – still very common, however it gives both parties the right to refuse or accept, and are welcomed by some brides/grooms to be. The point is however, neither party should NEVER feel pressured or forced to accept a marriage that they do not want.

There are laws and minimum ages set in many of the countries that have high rates of child/forced marriage though law enforcement is hard to maintain and therefore thousands of them go ahead with no regards for the law. This is essentially re-enforcing gender equality in the sense that woman are culturally seen as to be kept ‘weakened’, with disregard for their education or future plans and so marriage is seen as the only option to preserve honour and prevent immorality which is deeply exaggerated. This is sparking more in poverty, where families are finding it hard to provide for her. However, no matter how we put it, it demeans them of their right of choice and right to decide their future and must be abandoned. Forced marriages are NEVER ok.

Perhaps with more opportunities for education for woman and increased emphasis on the benefits of extending the age in which they get married, such as better stability for their future children and themselves economically, socially and even culturally if attitudes can change. Because with education, can we not only benefit ourselves, but change and mould the opinions of the future towards this practice, and much, much more….. we can change the world….

CLICK THESE TO LEARN MORE about this, your rights and every human on this planet:

https://www.gov.uk/stop-forced-marriage

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_marriage

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Bushra xx